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I am latecomer to Maeve Binchy's writing. I have to admit I had always avoided it thinking it would be too sentimental or cosy. I was wrong. She has a sharp eye for human relationships and her characters show themselves to be misguided, foolish, unreliable, and cruel as well as loving, rounded, and patient. Her real interest in the way we form communities, and her warm but not sentimental belief in redemption, fills her novels with human interest. I was gripped, and this was a very good reading by Kate Binchy. Highly recommended.
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This is one of my favourite books. The characters are real and develop well as the storyline evolves. It is about a group of schoolchildren and their village school but should not be confused with other school stories such as those written by Miss Read. There are serious references to life in rural Ireland and the social differences that existed all wound into a fascinating story that I did not want to end. Read in the lovely tones of Kate Binchy.
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